By Dean N. Jensen
A real lifestyles Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus international to existence during the gorgeously written, actual tale of popular trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the main recognized lady on the planet on the flip of the twentieth century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the recognized Flying Codona Brothers.
Like today's Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she used to be identified to her huge public by way of only one identify, Leitzel. There can have been a few areas in the world the place her identify used to be no longer a loved ones expression, but when so, they have been most probably on polar ice caps or within the darkest, inner most jungles.
Leitzel was once born into Dickensian conditions, and have become a princess after which a queen. She used to be now not a lot higher than a very good measurement fairy, simply four-foot-ten and not more than a hundred kilos. within the first a part of the 20 th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of endless magic. She was once the largest famous person ever of the largest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the best convey on Earth.
In her lifestyles, Leitzel had many suitors (and 3 husbands), yet just one guy ever absolutely captured her center. He used to be the good-looking Alfredo Codona, the best trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the one one in his time who, evening after evening, completed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair whereas touring at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, because the Italians referred to as it, took the lives of extra daredevils than the other circus stunt.
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Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus by Dean N. Jensen